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22nd May '16 8:22:37 PM Hylarn
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In WesternAnimation, {{Anime}}, and {{Comics}} it is common to sum up behavioral problems or character flaws as being the direct result of some greatly underdeveloped organ in a character's body. Maybe said character [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas has a heart that is too small]] and thus cannot properly love or maybe their brain resembles the size of a golf ball and thus lacks normal intelligence. Of course, having an organ this small in RealLife would [[YouFailBiologyForever cause serious complications for most of these characters]], so this trope is very often PlayedForLaughs.

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In WesternAnimation, {{Anime}}, and {{Comics}} comedic works it is common to sum up behavioral problems or character flaws as being the direct result of some greatly underdeveloped organ in a character's body. Maybe said character [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas has a heart that is too small]] and thus cannot properly love or maybe their brain resembles the size of a golf ball and thus lacks normal intelligence. Of course, having an organ this small in RealLife would [[YouFailBiologyForever cause serious complications for most of these characters]], so this trope is very often PlayedForLaughs.
25th Apr '16 4:50:39 PM ngh93
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': In one episode Timmy swaps brains with an ordinary dog. His brain is noticably the smaller of the two.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': In one episode Timmy swaps brains with an ordinary dog.Vicky's dog Doyle. His brain is noticably the smaller of the two.
7th Feb '16 4:26:57 PM ngh93
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[[caption-width-right:350:"An itty bitty one, but it ''is there!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"An itty bitty one, heart, but it ''is ''is'' there!]]
7th Feb '16 4:26:32 PM ngh93
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[[quoteright:149:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/peabrain2_117.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:149: This is your brain on [[WesternAnimation animation]].]]

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[[quoteright:149:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons [[quoteright:350:[[Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/peabrain2_117.org/pmwiki/pub/images/return_jafar_disneyscreencapscom_346119.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:149: This is your brain on [[WesternAnimation animation]].]]
[[caption-width-right:350:"An itty bitty one, but it ''is there!]]
26th Jan '16 4:44:57 AM Adept
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* ''DragonHalf'' has a character undamaged by a sword through the head because his brain is "compact".

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* ''DragonHalf'' ''Manga/DragonHalf'' has a character undamaged by a sword through the head because his brain is "compact".
17th Jan '16 5:29:02 AM GM_3826
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** Homer apparently has a significantly smaller than average brain[[note]]though maybe not as small as the page picture; that'd be unrealistic even for ''The Simpsons'', and it is not ([[DependingOnTheWriter (usually)]] the reason for Homer's stupidity.[[/note]]. This enables him to resist blows to the head more easily than normal people (also helps that he has a significantly thicker than average skull), which had great effect in his brief career as a professional boxer.

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** Homer apparently has a significantly smaller than average brain[[note]]though maybe not as small as the page picture; that'd be unrealistic even for ''The Simpsons'', and it is not ([[DependingOnTheWriter [[DependingOnTheWriter (usually)]] the reason for Homer's stupidity.[[/note]]. This enables him to resist blows to the head more easily than normal people (also helps that he has a significantly thicker than average skull), which had great effect in his brief career as a professional boxer.
17th Jan '16 5:28:08 AM GM_3826
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** Homer apparently has a significantly smaller than average brain[[note]]though maybe not as small as the page picture; that'd be unrealistic even for ''The Simpsons'', and it is known that the reason for Homer's stupidity is a crayon lodged in his brain since he was a young boy[[/note]]. This enables him to resist blows to the head more easily than normal people (also helps that he has a significantly thicker than average skull), which had great effect in his brief career as a professional boxer.

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** Homer apparently has a significantly smaller than average brain[[note]]though maybe not as small as the page picture; that'd be unrealistic even for ''The Simpsons'', and it is known that not ([[DependingOnTheWriter (usually)]] the reason for Homer's stupidity is a crayon lodged in his brain since he was a young boy[[/note]].stupidity.[[/note]]. This enables him to resist blows to the head more easily than normal people (also helps that he has a significantly thicker than average skull), which had great effect in his brief career as a professional boxer.
15th Dec '15 6:05:02 PM thatother1dude
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[[quoteright:149:[[TheSimpsons http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/peabrain2_117.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:149:[[WesternAnimation This is your brain on animation]].]]

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[[quoteright:149:[[TheSimpsons [[quoteright:149:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/peabrain2_117.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:149:[[WesternAnimation [[caption-width-right:149: This is your brain on [[WesternAnimation animation]].]]
11th Dec '15 1:46:36 PM eroock
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->The Grinch hated Christmas -- the whole Christmas season.
->Oh, please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason.
->It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
->Or maybe his head wasn't screwed on just right.
->But I think that the best reason of all
->May have been that his heart was two sizes too small."

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->The ->''"The Grinch hated Christmas -- the whole Christmas season.
->Oh,
season.\\
Oh,
please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason.
->It
reason.\\
It
could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
->Or
tight.\\
Or
maybe his head wasn't screwed on just right.
->But
right.\\
But
I think that the best reason of all
->May
all\\
May
have been that his heart was two sizes too small.""''
19th Sep '15 6:41:14 PM PDL
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* The Koala has a brain like this. Its brain used to fill the whole cranial cavity, but when it adapted to a diet of eucalyptus leaves (which are very low in nutrients), its brain shrank. It now resembles two shriveled walnut halves on top of the brain stem.

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* The Koala has a brain like this. Its brain used to fill the whole cranial cavity, but when it adapted to a diet of eucalyptus leaves (which are very low in nutrients), its brain shrank.shrank in order to save energy. It now resembles two shriveled walnut halves on top of the brain stem.
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